Hey San Antonio! Are you seeing large groups of people carrying tote bags and talking about writing? Are the elevator doors of the Marriott Rivercenter covered with images of books? Are you seeing ads everywhere promoting authors and books? Guess what. The RWA® Annual Conference is underway.
This year the party’s going on in San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter and Marriott Riverwalk hotels, San Antonio, Texas beginning today and running through Saturday. A fair number of the Not Your Usual Suspects authors are attending and will be participating tonight in the Literacy Booksigning, which is opened to the public. Over 500 authors will be together signing their books from 5:30 -7:30 p.m, 3rd Floor Ballroom, Marriott Rivercenter. The proceeds will benefit ProLiteracy Worldwide, Literacy Texas, Restore Education, and Each One Teach One San Antonio.
Then over the next several days attendees will be treated to the best in writing and business workshops the industry has to offer, not to mention the hobnobbing with editors and agents. Many a book deal has come out of the conference.
However, this group will be focused on Saturday night when the Awards banquet is held as one of our own, Toni Anderson, is up for a RITA® for her book ‘The Killing Game’. How big is Toni’s nomination?
The purpose of the RITA® award is to promote excellence in romance genre by recognizing outstanding published romance novels and novellas. The award itself is a golden statuette named after RWA’s first president, Rita Clay Estrada. Every year up to 2000 romance novels are entered in the contest. 2000. Ultimately, only ten authors will walk away with the award, but what Toni has accomplished already deserves all the congratulations in the world.
While I can’t be at the conference this year, I will be glued to all the tweets [#RWA14]and facebooking from my friends. Best of luck to Toni!
J Carol Stephenson